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The Five Hurdles to Happiness: And the Mindful Path to Overcoming Them

A practical approach to becoming aware of the "five hindrances"--the negative qualities that inhibit living the awakened life--and to breaking free of them in order to live more mindfully, effectively, compassionately. Five obstacles stand in between you and true happiness. What are they and how can you overcome them? Buddhist traditions teach that there are five negative qualities, or hindrances, that inhibit people from living an awakened life. Here, Mitch Abblett gives this teaching a modern, secular interpretation and helps you identify the hurdles that are blocking your contentment—desire, hostility, sluggishness, worry, and doubt—and how you can take your first steps to overcoming them.

Combining traditional wisdom with contemporary psychology and using examples from his psychotherapy practice, Abblett uses the hurdles as a frame for engaging you in a process of contemplating your own life and learning to lean into your experience rather than merely repeating bad habits. By doing this, you can break free from the hurdles and live more mindfully, effectively, and compassionately.

Dr. Mitch Abblett

Dr Mitch Abblett is a clinical psychologist, author, consultant and national/international speaker. Dr Abblett's publications include The Five Hurdles to Happiness and the Mindful Path to Overcoming Them (Shambhala), The Self-Compassion Deck and Growing Mindful (among other mindfulness-related card decks with PESI Publications) and Helping Your Angry Teen and From Anger to Action (New Harbinger). Upcoming publications include his latest book for parents, educators and helping professionals. Prizeworthy: How to Meaningfully Connect, Build Character, and Unlock the Potential of Every Child, and the card deck for children, Train Your Mind Like a Ninja: 30 Secret Skills for Fun, Focus, and Resilience. As a private practice psychologist and consultant, Mitch's services focus on work with children, teens, parents, families and career professionals and organizations with whom he not only creates solutions for painful problems, but helps people connect with their, and others, true prizes of present moment meeting of needs and attainment of growth potential.

A clinician in the Boston area for over 20 years, he brings a wealth of clinical, administrative and leadership experience from various settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities and therapeutic schools) to his practice and consulting. For 11 years he served as the Clinical Director of the Manville School at Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston - a Harvard Medical School-affiliated therapeutic school program for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. He lives with his wife and two young children in Newton, Massachusetts.